Monday, July 24, 2006

Random and Meaningless Numbers IV

I was curious yesterday to figure out a good rule-of-thumb for gauging OBP relative to AVG. Is .100 better awesome? What is the Median? Well I ran the numbers and there are only 7 players in the AL with an OBP .100 or more better than their AVG (minimum 304 plate appearances).

1. Hafner .308/.438
2. Manny .310/.429
3. Thome .293/.408
4. Youkilis .292/.402
5. Ortiz .281/.389
6. Nixon .299/.400
7. Posada .288/.389

Who's down with OBp? The Red Sox are down with OBP! (Sorry I couldn't resist). By the way the median was .055.


  1. Dino - you have invented a new stat.

    Like ISO (Isolated Power - Slugging minus batting average), this new statistic would be Batters Eye. Actually, I find your statistic remakably similar to BB - the list is virtually identical - after you account for omittins Swisher.

    You also forgot Frank Thomas, A-rod, Eric Chavez, Troy Glaus, Jonny gomes, and Catalonatto is at .99 higher.

  2. Man.. did I do all that work for nothing? I thought OBP also included FC. Is that not the case?

  3. Nope. You would think the on-base would be any time on base and include FC and ROE, but it does not. Of course you can debate whether getting on via FC or ROE does anything to help you win, but how would you factor a slow runner vs, say Ichiro - who would reach via FC or force more errors because they are so damn fast.

    In theory you could lead the league in runs scored and never have officially reached base. Now that would be cool.

  4. Just checked the seats for tonight - third row. right off the field, two sections over from the A's dugout. Not too shabby. And I paid $38 for them.

  5. This actually does exist, but because it's so similar to BB it's not listed as much. It's called IsoD - Isolated Discipline. And from what I can tell, .75 is the '.300' of IsoD.